Airborne wind energy (AWE) is an innovative wind energy technology which uses tethered kites to harness the high altitude wind resource which is currently inaccessible by conventional wind turbines. Research and development of AWE has accelerated since the last decade, but no company has yet been able to demonstrate commercial viability. For a successful market entry of AWE, the technology development should be aligned with the market requirements. This is the motivation of my research.
Following are the high-level research objectives of my PhD –
- Understand the design drivers for utility-scale AWE systems
- Modelling hybrid renewable energy systems (HRES) with AWE
- The value of AWE to the future EU electricity landscape
Link to other neon research
Along with the other PhDs involved in the work package 1a, I see potential for collaboration with PhDs working under the work packages 3 and 10.